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Even though the opening of the Tilden Avenue Bridge was held Tuesday, July 1, it isn’t open!

Shannon looking over the Road Closed sign on Tilden Avenue bridge in Champlin, MN

Road Closed sign on Tilden Avenue bridge in Champlin, MN

The bridge is closed. Driving over the bridge and through the “Road Closed Signs” can earn you a $140 ticket and your car will be towed at your expense.

Champlin resident Laurence Johnson last Friday rode his motorcycle across the bridge. “I saw a police officer blocking a car from crossing. Soon enough, I was pulled over by an officer waiting for me at the other end. ”

Johnson had read an article in the Champlin-Dayton press about the bridge. “Apparently, many residents, like me, thought the bridge was open to the public.”

“It was anticipated that the bridge opening would occur shortly after the ribbon cutting,” said Deputy City Administrator John Cox. “However, the contractor still has some punch-list items to complete and has the right to keep the bridge closed while they are working on those items. Under the terms of our contract, the bridge must be open by this Friday, July 18th.” Until that day, you will be fined if you drive across the bridge.

The Tilden Avenue Bridge is the largest public works project in Champlin’s history, and The Hayden Lake Road/Tilden Avenue Road and Utility project cost $21 million. The project included reconstruction of Hayden Lake Road, construction of Tilden Avenue and the bridge, as well as adding two miles of sanitary sewer pipe and a regional pumping station to serve the northeastern section of Dayton and the northwestern portion of Champlin.

For more information, contact the Champlin Deputy City Administrator John Cox at jcox@ci.champlin.mn.us or 763-923-7104.


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Beans for sale at the Champlin's Farmer's Market

Beans for sale at the Champlin's Farmer's Market


Visit Champlin’s Farmer’s Market every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from July 9 to October 15 at the Ice Forum at 120th Avenue and Highway 169, near Life Time Fitness. 

Special Event Days:
  • July 16: Free Bottled Water Day
  • July 23: Business Apprecation Day
  • July 30: Kid’s Day
  • August 6: Market Bingo Day
  • August 13: Taste of Champlin Day
  • August 20: Mom’s Club Blood Drive Day

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Friendly Knitters of Champlin meet at Dunn BrothersDrink coffee, chit-chat and be creative: That’s what the Friendly Champlin Knitters do every week.

“We knit at the Dunn Bros. Coffee Shop in Champlin on Friday mornings from about 9 a.m. until noon,” said Cathy, a Friendly Knitter.
“Anyone is invited, and there are all skill levels from knitting instructors to beginners.”

Visit their blog at http://champlin-knitters.blogspot.com/ to view photos of their work—A Duckie Blankie knitted during the Friendly Knitters Club in Champlin, MN from knitted socks and shawls to blankets—and stop by this Friday between 9 a.m. and noon to admire their work, and of course drink a cappuccino!

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Made with rum, vodka, orange juice and cream, an orange whip is a sweet cocktail that packs a punch. But, does the cover band Orange Whip also “pack the one-two punch” it professes to offer? Champlin will soon find out.

Orange Whip, a Twin Cities-based cover band, has a ten-year history and more than 400 gigs under their guitar straps. Their song list includes everything from Louis Armstrong and Guns N’ Roses to Dolly Parton!

          Watch cover band Orange Whip perform “Word Up” by Cameo.

The band performs on Friday, June 13 in the Father Hennepin Festival main tent beginning at 8 p.m. and there is a $5 cover charge. The event is 21 years of age and older only.

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You only have a few days to plan. Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 11. Wondering what to do? Why not try something local?

Buy Mom a plant, maybe a few plants, and get yourself some too!
Champlin Garden Club is having its annual plant sale in the American Legion parking lot beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 10. Perennials, herbs, house plants, garden art and potted plants from member’s gardens will be available to purchase—rain or shine.

The Champlin Garden Club (CGC) is a group of gardeners, novice to expert, who gather monthly to hear presentations on relevant topics, participate in activities and share ideas.

In addition to the regular programs the CGC contributes to the community by maintaining the gardens at Doris Kemp Park in Champlin and providing decorated Christmas trees to the City of Champlin City Hall and Parks department during the holidays. Each May the club sponsors a plant sale at the Champlin Legion Hall. Proceeds from this event provide scholarships for both high school and vocational students.

The club meets at the Champlin Parks and Recreation Building the second Monday of each month at 6:45. All visitors are welcome. For more information contact Carrie Johnson at 421-8116 or Jody Anderson at 427-8894

Breakfast at Champlin’s American Legion
First let Mom sleep in, and then take her out for Mother’s Day Omelet Breakfast at the American Legion. And, the bonus: every mom gets a fresh flower. For more information, call 763-427-6870.

Surprise her with breakfast in bed
Stop in at Drowsy Owl Bookshop and buy Mom a gift certificate and a book about why moms are special. On Sunday morning, before she wakes up, go to Champlin’s Caribou Coffee and buy her coffee drink of choice and a muffin or scone. Surprise Mom with breakfast in bed with a book, for some uninterrupted reading (hint to my kids: this is my choice!).

Pack a picnic and ride or walk through Elm Creek Park
Buy a sample of deli items from Champlin’s Cub Foods and pack a picnic lunch. Take mom on a bike ride or walk through Elm Creek Park and stop to enjoy the picnic. Don’t forget to pack a Mother’s Day card too and give it to her after you finish eating.

Have more ideas? Post them in the comments.

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Father Louis HennepinWho is Father Louis Hennepin?

Every year, Champlin celebrates its community heritage with a three–day celebration in honor of Father Louis Hennepin.

“He’s the person we named that festival after,” said my 16-year old son when I asked if he knew of Father Hennepin.  “He must have explored this area because we have Hennepin Avenue and Hennepin bridge named after him, I assume,” said my husband. And, me? I admit. I have no idea, which is why I went looking online for more information.

According to Wikipedia, Louis Hennepin was born in Belgium in 1626, and later became a Catholic priest. In the 1670s, Hennepin  explored the Great Lakes aboard Le Griffon.

Two great waterfallswere brought to the world’s attention by Louis Hennepin: Niagara Falls, with the most voluminous flow of any in North America, and the Saint Anthony Falls in what is now Minneapolis, the only waterfall on the Mississippi River.  

 Here are a few places named after Hennepin:

  • Hennepin Avenue, in Minneapolis
  • The Father Louis Hennepin Bridge, across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis
  • Father Hennepin State Park, in Isle, Minnesota
  • Hennepin Road in Grand Island, New York
  • Hennepin Avenue on Cayuga Island in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Father Hennepin and Champlin

    So, what do Father Hennepin and Champlin have in common? Why does Champlin celebrate the explorer? In 1680, historians report Hennepin first crossed the Mississippi where he was captured by the Sioux Indians and brought to what is now the Mississippi Point Park in Champlin.

    Champlin first celebrated Father Hennepin in 1929, but it wasn’t until 1976 that the Father Hennepin Festival, which we know today, was first celebrated. “The Bicentennial Committee of citizens and schools restarted the Father Hennepin Festival celebration,” said City of Champlin Recreation Supervisor Andy Singleton.  

    Each year, on the 2nd weekend in June a three-day celebration begins with a parade, amusement rides and live music. With an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 people attendind the event, family, youth and adult activities occur all weekend long—including a reenactment of Father Hennepin crossing the Mississippi River.

    Father Hennepin Festival: 2008

    The Father Hennepin Festival will be held June 13-15, 2008, with activities beginning on Friday, June 13 at 11:30. For a complete list of events, click here. Also, read about Friday night’s cover band Orange Whip.

             Watch a video of the Father Hennepin Festival 2007 fireworks display 
             from the air

     Get involved: volunteer!

    Today, the Father Hennepin Festival Committee is comprised of six community residents, recreation staff and a City Council representative.  The committee strives to create a festival for the whole community to enjoy.  If you would like to be a part of the festival committee or volunteer, contact Singleton at asingleton@ci.champlin.mn.us or 763-923-7193. 

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    Two kids picking up trash

    I frequently walk along Theatre Drive in Champlin, near Moonrock Bar and Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings and the pedestrian bridge. It is well landscaped and offers many benches to encourage walkers and cyclists to sit down, relax and enjoy the community. And, many use these paths as well: families, dogs and their owners, cyclists, and kids on their way to the movies. But, I’ve also noticed lots of trash—and no trash bins.

    The City of Champlin currently has no plans to add trash bins, according to City Deputy Administrator John Cox; however, he has forwarded this suggestion to Parks and Public Works Director Lisa Beck for consideration.

    In the meantime, take a sack with you when you walk along Theatre Drive or any other community areas, and pick up trash along the way. Throw it in your own trash bin when you get home. Be sure to recycle items, if possible. Click here for a flyer on how to recycle.

    To suggest more trash bins, e-mail the Park and Public Works Director Lisa Beck at Lbeck@ci.champlin.mn.us or call 763-923-7132.

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